When he decided to record his first live album in 15 years at his villa in Tuscany, Sting knew that the proposed date of September 11, 2001, would be memorable. Of course he didn't know just how memorable until news of the terrorist attacks against the United States reached Italy. While Sting initially thought about canceling and sending the select audience home, the former Police frontman decided to go ahead and dedicated the night to those who had lost their lives. The result is a singular concert experience. With a flamenco guitar intro and Sting's breathy crooning of lines like "If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one" (from "Fragile"), the intimate yet highly charged evening is underway. Sting and his new band conjure an eclectic mix of jazz and world-beat instrumentation that sounds miles away from the Police, even as they revisit hits such as "Roxanne" (reworked here from a contemplative torch song into a big-band number) and carry through to the title track of his recent Grammy-winning album, Brand New Day. The day's shattering events pump up the import of the performance, and even an unassuming pop ditty like "All This Time" is transformed into a gospel-powered testimonial. "Fields of Glory" receives a gorgeous acoustic reading, and the formerly spooky love ballad "Every Breath You Take" achieves a cathartic, triumphant velocity. The backing, including that of jazz bassist Christian McBride and Brazilian cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, is inspired, as the band rises to the occasion, summoning the strength to carry on. As testimony to music's gifts of comfort and inspiration, even under the most awful of circumstances, All This Time is truly timeless.
Performance CreditsSting Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Jason Rebello Piano
Katreese Barnes Background Vocals
Chris Botti Trumpet
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Clark Gayton Trombone
Manu Katché Drums
Christian McBride Acoustic Bass
Dominic Miller Guitar
Jaques Morelenbaum Cello
Janice Pendarvis Background Vocals
Marcos Suzano Percussion
Haoua Abdel Nasser Darbouka
Jeff Scott Young Organ,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsSting Producer
Donal Hodgson Engineer
Simon Osborne Engineer
Stefano Marchioni Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
All This Time based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Some reviews claim there is a special vibe because this concert was recorded on 9/11. I couldn't feel it. All This Time is a good but not great Sting live CD. He is in fine voice, the band is sharp, many of the usual suspects turn up in the set list, and that is about it. Track down Bring On The Night, a live album recorded when the man was trying to break away from The Police. This is a 3 star effort, but that's it.
I absolutely love this CD. Recorded on 9/11/01, Sting dedicates these15 tracks to all those heroes who lost their lives on that day. Sting & company bring a fresh, new style & sound to various classics with heartfelt warmth. ''Fragile'' starts out the playlist & beautifully sets the tone & message of this collection of songs. Tracks such as ''Don't Stand So Close To Me'' & ''When We Dance'' are rich in cello & intimacy. Jazzy, & world-beat instrumentation rich, this collection is an unparalleled delight for all listeners to indulge in. Those who listen will be touched by this cd. As Sting states; ''how fragile we are''.
The master has once again brought forth a compilation of some of his hits but finds a way to breath new life into them all. If there is a better living singer/songwriter/composer, I don't know 'em.
I absolutely love the version of fragile on this disc. The CD is like Sting on jazz. His sound is new and interesting. The dedication is touching and the music is beautiful. What amazing talent.
Music has always been an important part of the worlds culture. It reflects, shapes, and expresses the feelings of the world we live in. This concert, on the now infamous date of 9/11, rings true with the raw emotion of that day. Sting delivers a moving set of some of his best and most loved songs. Some take on an increased meaning while reflecting on the tragedies of that day. As always Sting delivers a top notch performance. He infuses rock/pop/jazz, and classical into this emotionally filled performance. He is one of the greatest performers of the all time and again he is on his game. A must have for anyone's collection.
I personally have a very eclectic taste in music. My collection includes such artists as Barbra Streisand, Creed, Miles Davis, John Williams movie scores, and many more, but I have never bought an album by Sting- until now. I have always admired his voice and held out for an album to strike a personal chord with me. This one did just that! I don't much care for live recordings because they usually sound so distant and cold, and the aplause can be too overpowering, but this one is so personal and makes me feel like I'm in a jazz club hanging out with Sting and his team of musicians. What an amazing album! I am especially impressed with Sting's versatility in ''Moon Over Bouron Street''- what talent! In the few days I have had it, this album has quickly become one of my all-time favorite albums.